ESCWA Water Development Report 5

Issues in sustainable water resources management and water services in the Arab region

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The Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC) took the initiative to establish a regional monitoring mechanism for water and sanitation services that builds upon indicators globally monitored under the UNICEF-WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP), and tasked ESCWA to lead its development and implementation. This regional initiative coincides in time, and reflects in context, the recent resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Human Rights Council declaring the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right. This development will in turn influence the orientation of the anticipated water and sanitation target that will be included in the post-2015 development agenda based on the Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want.”




The development commitments expressed at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002 led to the formulation and adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These formalize eight development goals whose progress is monitored and reported upon through a series of targets and associated indicators for measuring achievement by the target year of 2015. Goal 7 on ensuring environmental sustainability includes one target and three indicators related to water, two of which are used for monitoring access to drinking water and sanitation.


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